WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released a statement today regarding actions this week by the Judicial Conference, the principal policy-making body concerned with the administration of the U.S. Courts, to identify deficiencies in the General Services Administration’s (GSA) service at federal court facilities. On Monday, as part of a joint service validation initiative, the Judicial Conference issued a request to all Chief Judges around the country for information regarding any space and facilities-related issues. Click here to view three letters/memos from the Judicial Conference.

Earlier today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on “GSA’s Failure to Meet the Needs of the Judiciary: A Case Study of Bureaucratic Negligence and Waste.”

“It is no coincidence that the Judicial Conference called for a comprehensive and systematic review of GSA-managed facilities nationwide to catalog service issues just days before the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on this very subject. Problems with GSA’s responsiveness and management of facilities that house federal courts are not isolated. Issues at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke and the Albuquerque Federal Courthouse in New Mexico, which were featured in today’s hearing, are symptomatic of widespread deficiencies in GSA’s service and wasteful spending decisions in judicial districts throughout the nation. 

“The new initiative announced on Monday is a clear result of the fact that this oversight hearing was scheduled and that lawmakers are actively examining the negative impact of GSA’s mismanagement on the administration of justice. As the Chair of the Judicial Conference’s Space and Facilities Committee, the Honorable D. Brooks Smith, wrote, ‘The Committee appreciates the time and consideration the members of the subcommittee have given to this matter.’ The Judiciary pays more than $1 billion in rent to GSA each year.  It is critical that we continue to ensure that taxpayer money is spent wisely and that the GSA is held accountable for any lack of service to the Judiciary.”